Alumni Focus



Centennial Grove Service Day Ben Harrison ('66) with Centennial Grove student volunteers.

CFR alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students participated in an April 4, 2009 service day to help maintain the CFR Centennial Grove plantings in the Union Bay Natural Area. UW Botanic Gardens provided tools and supervision by Kern Ewing, Doug Schmitt, and Justin Howell. Coffee and light refreshments were provided through sponsorship by CFRAA President Tom Hanson. 

The weather cooperated and the enthusiastic volunteers included Bruce Bare, Jon and Martha Diemer, Ara Erickson (’04), Kern Ewing, Tom Hanson (’81), Dan Handler, Ramona Hickey, Nate Hough-Snee, Ben Harrison (’66), Justin Howell, Ralph Jenkins, Larry Maechler ('81), Lindsay Malone, Tim McDonald, Tom Mentele, James Paxton, Alan Randall (’57), Caroline Rosevear, Brooke Sargeant, Doug Schmitt, Patrick Sowers, Gonzalo Thienel Carrasco, Matt Weintraub, and Aaron Wirsing. See photos of the event at

The Centennial Grove was planted in 2007, a gift from alumni in recognition of the College's history of academic excellence, research, and leadership in sustainable natural resource management. Maintenance of restored plots in UBNA is carried out under Integrated Pest Management guidelines. For example, Himalayan blackberry is controlled by cutting canes back to about two feet from the ground and root systems are then removed with a shovel. In situations where the blackberry root systems are tangled with the roots of woody plants, blackberry-specific herbicides may sometimes be used, but herbicides are not permitted in areas adjacent to wetlands or streams.

Volunteers removed blackberries and then covered the areas that were disturbed with mulch.  Faculty, staff, students, and the CFRAA all look forward to another Centennial Grove work party next year!


Endowment in Natural Resources Leadership

The Corkery family, longtime supporters of the College, have established an endowed professorship to commemorate the family's long involvement in forestry and to recognize Dean B. Bruce Bare. Jack ('39) and Vada May Corkery, through the direction of an estate gift from the late George Corkery, Jr. (’41), joined an initial gift by Katherine Reinleitner to fully fund the B. Bruce Bare Endowed Professorship in Forest Resources. The Professorship will support the recruitment and retention of distinguished faculty in sustainable forest and natural resource management.

The Corkerys and the soon-to-be-established School of Forest Resources are committed to producing the next generation of leaders, scientists, and informed citizens who will advance research, create breakthrough technologies, and energize natural resource-based economies. The Professorship will help provide the ongoing intellectual leadership required to strengthen this tradition, and to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century.

During the past 40 years, including the last eight years as Dean, Bruce Bare — in collaboration with UW colleagues and the broader natural resources community — has helped navigate the dynamic forces affecting the ecological, economic, and social sustainability of forests and natural resources. As the seventh dean in the College’s 102-year history, Dean Bare’s record of leadership includes a commitment to advancing the College's historic mission by continuing a tradition of scholarly debate on forestry and natural resource issues, while respecting core values of open communication, respect, accountability, and excellence.

Corkery Gift Jack Corkery ('39), with his daughter Karleen, signing the Bruce Bare Professorship endowment agreement.

Alumni-Student Networking

The College, along with the CFR and UW Alumni Associations, hosted the second annual alumni-student networking reception on January 28, 2009, as part of UW-wide Career Discovery Week. Participating alumni included Royce Anderson ('07), Rishelle Gifford ('06), Bob Dick ('74), Larry Maechler ('81),  Alicia Robbins ('04), and Dean Yoshina ('87).



Alumni News

Adela Backiel ('74) recently retired as USDA's
Director of Sustainable Development in Washington, DC.

Mike Wallace (’76, ’74) is the National Park Service’s fire manager at the agency’s National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID.

Clay Sprague (‘86) has been promoted to Deputy Supervisor for Uplands with the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Larry Vickerman (‘93) is Director of the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, one of three sites the garden maintains in addition to its Denver location.

Sylvia Kantor (‘94) is an extension educator with WSU-King County Extension in Renton, WA.

Faline Haven (‘95) is a management analyst for the USDA Forest Service’s Office of Tribal Relations in Washington, DC.

Dirk Hoy (‘96) is a law enforcement agent with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Idaho Falls, ID.

James Paul (‘96) became Chief of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Private Forests Division in May 2008.

David Werntz (‘96) is Science and Conservation Director for Conservation Northwest in Bellingham, WA.

Brent Davies (‘97) is Ecotrust's Director of Forestry in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Steve Shook (’97) is Associate Professor in the University of Idaho’s Colleges of Natural Resources and Business and Economics in Moscow, ID.

Nancy Allison (‘01, ‘94) is Executive Director of the Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Partnership in Ocean Shores, WA.

Bianca Perla (‘08) is the co-author of a book just published by Harvard University Press, Prairie Dogs:Communication and Community in an Animal Society.

Akira Kato (‘08) joined the faculty of Chiba University in Japan on January 1, 2009.

In Memoriam
August Storkman (’50)
Richard Schimel ('56)
Rachel (Virden) Hulscher (’03)